Eight killed, thousands displaced as storm lashes South Africa's Cape

Western Cape schools to be closed on Wednesday as monster storm looms

Worst is still to come‚ forecasters warn storm-tossed Cape Town

The City of Cape Town will have its disaster operation centre in Goodwood on full alert from Tuesday evening, and is expecting flash floods in low-lying areas. "We did what we could, but unfortunately, we are dealing with a storm that is the worst in 30 years to have hit this province".

Our kids have just earned themselves the equivalent of a United States of America "snow day", courtesy of the "Monster Storm" that's predicted to make landfall in Cape Town late this evening, as the Western Cape Education Department has announced that all schools shall remain closed tomorrow.

With the 2.30pm high tide coinciding with spring tide and forecasts of swells up to 16 metres high‚ residents of coastal areas were warned to move to higher ground if possible.

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Cape Town experienced a reprieve from the storm.

A police vehicle overturned on Jakes Gerwel Drive in Parow‚ and the railway line between Wellington and Bellville was closed by Transnet Freight Services‚ disrupting commuter trains.

A large fire caused by strong berg winds closed the N2 between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay.

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"There have been five fatalities; four people in Kraaifontein and another in Lavender Hill".

An uprooted tree landed on a block of flats in Plumstead‚ but no one was hurt.

The City of Cape Town's Executive Mayor Patricia de Lille urged Capetonians to remain calm and do all they can to keep safe.

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City workers say they have taken measures to protect some of Cape Town's poor residents, who live in makeshift homes. "We are anxious about gale-force winds and about the rural areas‚ where mudslides and roads could be washed away".

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